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IO.INC is a visionary consulting practice specializing in growth strategies—envisioning, developing, and recommending road maps to help communities and companies grow. IO.INC’s principals have worked with Global 1000 companies; national real estate developers; mid-cap firms; nonprofits; and national, regional, and local governments worldwide. The firm has conducted ground-breaking research to identify emerging global growth and business opportunities for its private and public sector clients across a broad range of sectors and enterprises.

Services include:

  • Growth Strategy
  • Organizational Development
  • Economic Development
  • Business Site Selection

What We Do


We serve as your team of innovators, thought leaders and hands-on advisors that help transform companies, organizations and communities by creating successful growth strategies. Our expert advisory services are available to businesses and corporations; universities and colleges; foundations and nonprofit entities; community and economic development organizations at local, regional and state levels.

Organizational Development

We are firmly committed to delivering the most original thinking, evidence-based yet creative and attainable organizational development plans and programs that will drive change and growth for your organization, yielding successful and enduring results for years to come. We take pride in our work, and commit to do our utmost to ensure that your organization is well-positioned for sustained success in the global economy.

Economic Development Consulting

IO.INC brings a distinctive portfolio of experience in the public and private sectors with a demonstrated track record of working effectively with a broad range of stakeholders and interests toward a common goal. Members of our team also have experience and leadership responsibility for developing and overseeing such strategies and related programs in public and private-public economic development organizations at the regional and local levels, as well as having dealt with a range of converging issues at the White House.

Business Site

Our team has extensive and successful experience in business site selection with leading companies globally. Members of our team have worked on more than 350 site selection projects for firms listed in the Fortune 500, Inc. 500, Forbes 400, Global 1000 and Russell 2000, representing all business sectors and across all continents.

About Us

Ioanna Morfessis, Ph.D., HLM

President and Chief Strategist

As a business and economic development executive, Dr. Ioanna Morfessis has focused her professional life on helping communities and companies thrive and succeed. She founded three best-of-class economic development organizations in the U.S.: Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Montgomery County, MD Department of Economic Development. During her tenure in these organizations, her work resulted in 300 successful business locations and expansions, the attraction of nearly $30 billion of private capital investment and the creation of more than 200,000 new direct private sector jobs in these markets.

In 2004, Dr. Morfessis established IO.INC, a visionary consulting practice that delivers expert and effective strategies and solutions to help leaders, organizations and places grow. IO.INC works with Fortune 500 companies, young enterprises, nonprofits, colleges and universities, and countries and cities across the U.S. and world, assisting them with their growth strategies and board and organizational development.

Among her many professional achievements, Dr. Morfessis served as the Chair of the International Economic Development Council and is an Honorary Lifetime Member. She is a recipient of IEDC’s Lifetime Excellence and Achievement Award, placing her among a select group among economic development executive peers. She current serves on several IEDC committees, including IEDC’s DEI Equity Fellowship Task Force.

She is a member of McKinsey Global Institute’s Executive Panel, Dow Jones Advisors, the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Leaders Community, MIT Technology Review’s Global Executive Panel, The Hartford’s Small Business Council, and has authored and published several journal articles and op-eds in regional and national publications.

As a civic steward, Dr. Morfessis serves or has served on the boards of many local, state and national charities and non-profit organizations, including art and science museums, community foundations, private charitable trusts and service organizations. Throughout her career and since founding her business, she has received more than 45 regional, national and international awards for her innovativeness and contributions to the arts, education, business, philanthropic and entrepreneurial sectors.

She is a founding board member of the Helios Education Foundation, one of the largest education foundations in the U.S., which supports college access and success for students in Arizona and Florida.

Dr. Morfessis received her bachelor’s degree from The American University, her master’s degree from George Washington University, and her doctorate from Arizona State University.

Strategic Partners

IO.INC has forged strategic partnerships with some of the foremost thinkers and brightest minds in economics, economic development and business locations. Together, we deliver incomparable services to communities and companies seeking to achieve growth and success.

  • Elliott D. Pollack and Company
  • Hickey Global
  • IO.INC Brain Trust

Site Selection Achievements

Click here for a representative list of companies and institutions assisted by Dr. Ioanna Morfessis.

Representative Client List

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